CLC women's soccer, men's golf highlight fall sports achievements
The College of Lake County's athletic department has a lot to be thankful for this year. Highlights of this fall's Lancer athletic accomplishments include the women's soccer team becoming regional champs and the men's golf team taking home the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship hardware for the third straight year.
Women's soccer: The Lancers were named champions of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV. They then advanced to the Division I Great Lakes District tournament before losing 2-0 on Nov. 8 to No. 1-ranked Monroe Community College of Rochester, N.Y. at the Libertyville Soccer Complex. This loss snapped CLC's 15-game winning streak, which set a school record. The Lancers posted a 15-3-1 record and forward Rachel Moore, a sophomore from Antioch, was named NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 14-20. During that time, she scored five goals and had one assist in the Lancers' two wins over Kishwaukee College and Oakton College. Moore finished the season leading Region IV in goals (37) and points (69). She also ended a record-breaking career for the Lancers with 75 goals and 166 points. Additionally, CLC led the Skyway Conference with eight players earning All-Conference recognition. Additionally, Head Coach Kevin Talbot was named Illinois Collegiate Skyway Conference & NJCAA Region IV Coach of the Year.
All-American nominees: Rachel Moore was the top-rated forward and named Most Valuable Player and first overall in All-American nominee voting in Region IV. Giselle Raygoza was the region's top-rated goalkeeper and Annalyse Maze was the top-rated defender. Raygoza and Maze were tied for fourth in Region IV in voting for All-American nominations.
All-Illinois Skyway Conference:
1st Team: Rachel Moore, Alexandria Wawrzyniak, Annalyse Maze and Giselle Raygoza
2nd Team: Mackenzie Parchment, Rachel DeNovo. Honorable Mentions: Morgan Keefer, Victoria Medina
All-Region IV Teams:
1st Team: Giselle Raygoza, Rachel Moore, Alexandria Wawrzyniak, Annalyse Maze
2nd Team: Morgan Keefer, Rachel DeNovo Honorable Mention: Mackenzie Parchment, Diana Ortiz-Hernandez
Men's Golf: The Lancers won the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship for the third straight year. They were led by freshman Trevor Brandon, who also qualified individually for the NJCAA National Championship that will take place at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, Ind. next May.
Men's Soccer: The Lancers finished the season with a record of 4-11-1. They were led by sophomore midfielder Giovanni Gonzalez, who also was named to the 1st Team NJCAA All-Region IV Team. Gonzalez and Kevin Gomez were also recognized as 2nd Team All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference selections, with Santi Hernandez and Max Keenan receiving honorable mentions.
Cross-Country: The Lancer men's and women's cross-country teams competed at the NJCAA National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Cynthia Arizmendi finished in the top third out of 290 participants with a time of 20:54 for the 5K race, coming up just shy of her personal best record she set in the Region IV tournament one week prior. Annie Corbin also competed with a running time of 23:20. Both students raced against numerous international runners on a course that included hills and heat.
Volleyball: CLC freshman Corteney Noyes (pictured, leaping to hit the ball) led the women's volleyball team in kills with 309 (ranked 89th nationally) and averaging 3.39 kills per set (ranked 36th nationally). Additionally, she was named to the 2nd Team All-Illinois Skyway Conference honors, and All-Region Tournament Team for NJCAA Region IV.
In addition to the athletic achievements, Bradley Unger joined CLC as the new athletic director in October. Unger was previously the Head Baseball Coach at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri and also spent six years as Head Baseball Coach at Waubonsee Community College. Additionally, he is the Assistant Regional Director with USA Baseball in the Midwest region, and is an associate scout for the Toronto Blue Jays. Unger holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration from Elmhurst College and a master's in athletic administration from Concordia University-Irvine.
About College of Lake County:
College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We're proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County. For details, visit www.clcillinois.edu.